BZBI, where you belong

Professional Staff

    Donna S. Rosenthal, Executive Director

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    Donna S. Rosenthal, Executive Director, serves BZBI with her commitment to purpose-based work. She feels it is her sacred duty to provide an environment in which people may experience and enrich their Judaism in community with others. Donna leads our administrative team and works with our synagogue board of trustees to make BZBI a place of strength, where we welcome all to worship, learn, grow, celebrate, and care for each other.


    Dr. Michael Schatz, Neziner Hebrew School Interim Principal

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    Dr. Michael Schatz has been a practitioner in both formal and informal Jewish education for more than two decades. He traces his dedication to his involvement in USY and Camp Ramah as a teen and young adult. He is immediate past president of the Jewish Educators Assembly. Dr. Schatz holds degrees in education and Jewish studies including an Ed.D. in Jewish Education from Gratz College, where he spent many years teaching high school and college students.  Michael is very excited to begin as interim Principal of the Neziner Hebrew School at BZBI.  In addition he directs the Jewish Children’s Sunday School at KleinLife, serves as the Philadelphia coordinator for Hebrew Helpers and lectures and conducts tours of historic Jewish Philadelphia. He has been married to Elyse, a reading specialist, for 23 years and has two college age children.


    Brooke Mildenberg, Early Childhood Education Director

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    Brooke Mildenberg is the Director of the Laurie Wagman Playschool and Abigail R. Cohen Preschool. She attained a Masters of Education from Temple University and dual certification in PA and NJ in School Psychology. Her undergraduate studies were in the fields of Psychology and Early Childhood Education at Skidmore College. Brooke worked in the field of childhood education during college and graduate school, as well as in her career as a School Psychologist after graduation.

    Brooke continues her commitment to the Jewish community in her volunteer work both within our BZBI community as well as within the Perelman Jewish Day School community. She is a highly organized and responsible professional leader who cares about the children of our school from her heart, and their Jewish learning, welfare and best interests are paramount in her efforts.

    As Director, Brooke maintains an open-door policy and looks forward to parents introducing themselves and visiting with her at the school.


    Terri Soifer, Community Engager

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    Terri Soifer is the Community Engager at BZBI. Previously, Terri worked with the Neziner Hebrew School and USY youth group, before transitioning into this new position. As the Community Engager Terri works with BZBI’s membership, communication, and program initiatives. She enjoys connecting people and programs to each other. Terri’s background is in Jewish Education and she completed her Masters in Jewish Education from the Davidson School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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